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Press Release: Michigan-based Arden Companies Reaches 50th Anniversary Milestone

Press Contact: Dave Lanni dlanni@ardencompanies.com
248.415.8486

Bingham Farms–Arden Companies, one of America’s leading manufacturers and marketers of outdoor products, is proud to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Arden’s first manufacturing facility opened in Ionia, Michigan and made cleaning aids, but the business has evolved and grown steadily over the years.

“When we started Arden, I was 23 years old, inexperienced and naïve about how to build a company. Thanks to the help of so many people, Arden has developed into a great world-class organization and a source of pride for all our employees,” said Bob Sachs, Arden’s founder and Chairman.

Currently, Arden supplies outdoor cushions and pillows to the largest retailers in North America, including Walmart, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target and more. It does this by leveraging a complex global supply chain that supports U.S. manufacturing facilities in California, Indiana, Texas, and North Carolina.

Although Arden’s overseas reach has expanded to offices in Taiwan and Shenzhen, China, the corporate office has kept to its roots and is located in Bingham Farms, just north of Detroit, Michigan. In addition to its outdoor cushion and pillow business, Arden signed a license agreement with The Bombay Company in 2012 and began selling a new outdoor line of Bombay merchandise in May 2014.

“I am extremely proud of where Arden is today, but without the support of our customers, Comerica Bank, other long-standing business partners and suppliers, and, especially, all our dedicated and talented employees, we could not have reached this wonderful 50th Anniversary milestone,” said Sachs.

Arden Companies is one of America’s leading manufacturers and marketers of outdoor products with 50 years of industry experience. Headquartered in Bingham Farms, MI, Arden maintains operational centers in Fort Wayne, IN, Amarillo, TX, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and Sanford, NC with two international locations in Shenzhen, China and Taipei, Taiwan.

Sanford Plant Earns Walmart Grant to Bring Manufacturing to U.S.

Press Release: Sanford Plant Earns Walmart Grant to Bring Manufacturing to U.S.

Press Contact: Dave Lanni dlanni@ardencompanies.com
248.415.8486

Bingham Farms-Arden’s Sanford plant and North Carolina State’s College of Textiles have teamed up and received a $600,000 grant from the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund to develop a new digital printing system that could bring Arden’s soft goods production back to the United States.

For more information, click here to see the article in the Triangle Business Journal.

Arden Companies is one of America’s leading manufacturers and marketers of outdoor products with 50 years of industry experience. Headquartered in Bingham Farms, MI, Arden maintains operational centers in Fort Wayne, IN, Amarillo, TX, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and Sanford, NC with two international locations in Shenzhen, China and Taipei, Taiwan.

Press Release: Bombay Launches a “Sneak Peek” of its 2015 Outdoor Living Collection 

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristin Moerman, Senior Director, Bombay Outdoors
P: 248.415.8185    E: kmoerman@ardencompanies.com

May 9, 2014. The Bombay Company, a leader in globally-inspired, classic furniture and home décor, is excited to begin offering outdoor and garden furnishings this Memorial Day weekend.

With the slogan “A Journey to your own Backyard™,” the full Bombay Outdoors assortment available in 2015 will include hand-picked and originally designed furniture, toss pillows, lanterns, decorative garden accessories, planters and much more.

“We are so excited and proud to be bringing a world-inspired outdoor assortment of premium quality to the market,” said Kristin Moerman, Senior Director of Bombay Outdoors. “Because there has been such attention to detail, each of the pieces in the collection has been crafted to create an inviting yet distinctive outdoor living space.”

Wil Hollands, President of Hermes-Otto International, owner of the Bombay Brand and TheBombayCompany.com, agreed and added, “The Bombay Outdoors assortment is an exciting next step in the evolution of Bombay. The product is fresh and very special.”

The eight initial items available on The Bombay Company’s website, www.Bombaycompany.com, Memorial Day weekend include three planters, two character tables, one side table, and two decorative tabletop items. The first full inaugural Bombay Outdoors collection goes on sale January 1, 2015 with three core categories, Furniture, Planters, and Decorative Accessories. All furniture comes with Sunbrella® fabric, exclusive to Bombay Outdoors.

Moerman added that the brand will continue to evolve and include even more core categories in 2016.

“We are extremely excited said Cecil Kearse, Chief Executive Officer of Arden Companies, the licensee of Bombay Outdoors.  “We believe Bombay Outdoors fills a gap in the Lawn and Garden category by providing a line of premium outdoor products at an affordable price, truly allowing customers to journey to their own backyards in style.”

Arden Companies is one of America’s leading manufacturers and marketers of outdoor products with 50 years of industry experience. Headquartered in Bingham Farms MI, Arden maintains operational centers in Fort Wayne, IN, Amarillo, TX, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and Sanford, NC with two international locations in Shenzhen, China and Taipei, Taiwan.  

Press Release: Arden’s Fort Wayne Factory Earns Recognition for Being Green

MEDIA CONTACT: Glenn Sparschu, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing
P: 248.415.8204    E: gsparschu@ardencompanies.com

Fort Wayne, IN–Arden Companies, a leading manufacturer of outdoor replacement cushions, is proud to report that its Fort Wayne facility is now a 3-star rated member of the Northeast Indiana Sustainable Business Council (NISBC).

Earning the 3-star rating is so significant because it was only the second time in history a company achieved such a high level of certification. The result was due to members of Arden’s Fort Wayne Greener Paths Solutions (GPS) team working tirelessly for more than two years to implement a wide variety of sustainability practices throughout the manufacturing process.

Arden’s company-wide GPS program, begun in 2009, focuses on the three “Ps,” profit, people, and planet and helps ensure that Arden is as “green” as possible. The following are just a few accomplishments of Arden’s Fort Wayne facility.

  • Changed the compressor schedule to be more efficient.
  • Replaced 40 400-watt metal-halide lighting with T-8 fixtures.
  • Used excess/waste fabric to construct material handling containers used within the plant.
  • Subscribed to email newsletters and eliminated paper mailings as much as possible.
  • Held drives and donations throughout the year to benefit the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and various community groups.
  • Planted a garden and shared the harvest with employees plus created a walking path for employee use.
  • Replaced candy and chips with healthy options in the break room vending machines
  • Held special events like Cinco de Mayo and Día de la Madre for employee enjoyment.

Arden Companies is one of America’s leading manufacturers and marketers of outdoor products with 50 years of industry experience. Headquartered in Bingham Farms, MI, Arden maintains operational centers in Fort Wayne, IN, Amarillo, TX, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and Sanford, NC with two international locations in Shenzhen, China and Taipei, Taiwan.

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Safety Is Always First

Our Fort Wayne facility celebrated 10 Years Without a Lost Time Accident (over 2,350,000 hours worked). Balloons decorated the factory and the employees were treated to a catered lunch and plenty of cake. Plant Manager, Gary Furlow, accepted a trophy on behalf of all Fort Wayne team members to honor their daily dedication to plant safety. In addition, a sign has been placed on the corner of Piper and Airport Drives (Arden Property) commemorating this milestone and encouraging continued participation from all those who pass by.

Congratulations Fort Wayne!